Each developer builds actions in their own way, that’s why it’s important to check out the tips on how to use their specific actions to the fullest extent. Here are my helpful tips and tricks for those of you who have purchased any one of my Flashback Photoshop Action sets. Enjoy and don’t forget to join my Flashback Photoshop Actions Pinterest Page so you can share your before and afters with others!

Tips and Tricks For All Flashback Photoshop Action Sets

  • Before running any photoshop actions, I always do a basic clean up on my images in Lightroom and then Photoshop after. I make sure to check the white balance and exposure and then I run a noise reduction plugin and clean up the skin on portraits as well. It is important to start with a clean image or the actions will just enhance the noise or blemishes on peoples skin.
  • Don’t use the actions at full strength. Most of them will run at full strength, but this is probably too much edit for your photo. Use the opacity slider to change how much of the action you see.
  • Don’t be afraid to layer the actions. They are meant to do that. In fact, most of the time you want to run one of the basic edits before you run any other actions.
  • Layer masks are your best friend. If you want to be specific about what part of your photo the actions are affecting, you need to learn how to use layer masks. In order to remove or in some cases add the action to a photo, use the opposite color brush and paint on the layer mask. For instance, with the “no more red” action, you would use a soft white brush to color in areas of the photo that have too much red.
  • Open the folders. My actions are made so you can change and tweak them to the max. If you open the folder for each action, you will see it’s essence. Not every photo will work with all the layers turned on. Turn them on and off, change the opacity, make them your own!

Tips and Tricks for “The Standards”

This set includes 3 basic edits, 8 helper edits, and 7 flare edits.

The Basic Edits

  • Run one of these before you run any other action to get a basic color boost and contrast boost.
  • Each one of the basic edits is different. Try all three to see which one works best for the photo you are using.

The Helper Edits

  • Use the helper edits to get the look you want by removing color casts, reducing saturation, making the photo warmer or cooler, and brightening or darkening portions of the image.
  • Use the layer masks to really specify which areas of the photo you would like to edit. Sometimes you want to brighten the subject, but not the background. If that’s what you’re looking for, these are your friend!
  • Color cast removals are super helpful when you are editing newborns. Use these to remove red skin tones that might be unwanted.
  • Use the “Under The Warmer” and “Cold As Ice” actions to quickly make a cool photo warmer and a warm photo cooler with just the click of a button!

The Flare Edits

  • Use The Flare Edits to enhance your photos after you have performed a basic edit.
  • Add some drama with the “Dramatize” action or a little spice with “Brown Spice Overlay”
  • Use “Bring Back The Blue” to add a bluer sky or “Make It Green” to give your grass a little boost of color.
  • “Burn The Edge” and “Muddy Vignette” will give you that professional finish you are looking for.
  • Use  ”Clear It Up” to give your image a little boost in sharpening.

Tips and Tricks for “The Black and Whites”

 The Black and White Edits

  • No need to run a basic edit before you run these actions. Each one is packed with it’s own contrast boost to make your black and whites stand out from the crowd.
  • Try each one on your image and decide what mood you are looking for. Black and white photos have a way of creating a mood depending on which one you pick!
  • Each black and white action should be run at full strength. If you don’t do this, your color image will show through.

The Helper Edits

  • Use these to brighten up or darken different areas of your photo. Just use a soft white brush on the layer mask and whala!

The Flare Edits

  • “Burn The Edge” and “Muddy Vignette” will give you that professional finish you are looking for.
  • Use  ”Clear It Up” to give your image a little boost in sharpening.

Tips and Tricks for “The Flashbacks”

The Basic Edits

  • Run “Plain + Simple” before you run any other action to get a basic color boost and contrast boost.

The Flashback Edits

  • Use these edits after running “Plain + Simple” to add a little punch. Each action will give your photos a different look, so try them all and layer as you please.
  • Use the layer masks to really specify which areas of the photo you would like to edit so you can customize your look.
  • Always brush the edit off of your subject’s skin for a more natural look when editing. You can do this by using a soft black brush on the layer mask for the action.

The Helper Edits

  • Use these to brighten up or darken different areas of your photo. Just use a soft white brush on the layer mask and whala!

The Flare Edits

  • “Muddy Vignette” will give you that professional finish you are looking for.
  • Use  ”Clear It Up” to give your image a little boost in sharpening.